The Open Book Festival in Cape Town has become the literary highlight of the year. Presented by the much-loved indie bookstore, The Book Lounge, and with over 100 authors coming together from around the world; bookworms and all lovers of reading should clear their calendars from the 17– 21 September. First on the list of must-reads is the 2014 Programme, which has just been released.
The excitement begins on 15 September when the international authors start arriving in the country, and builds from there as the programme of events will attest.
Mervyn Sloman of Open Book Festival says: “We are extremely proud of this year’s programme. It includes a list of impressive local and international authors that will participate in more than 100 events over the five days. We are grateful to be working with the French Institute of South Africa, the British Council, the Netherlands Dutch Foundation of Literature, and various publishers, that have all contributed to make this year our most impressive yet.”
Programme highlightsnot to miss:
Other highlights include Zukiswa Wanner elaborating on her recent blog post regarding black authors in South Africa, Sheng Keyi(Open Book Festival’s first Chinese author) in talks with Anthony Loewenstein and Futhi Ntshingila, Ray Hartley (former Editor of the Sunday Times) discussing his new book “Launch of Ragged Glory” and a themed event that will require you to dress up as a zombie called Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.
Other authors to look forward to meeting are: André P. Brink, City Press Non-fiction award winner Maria Phalime, Mike Carey, ZukiswaWanner, ThandoMgqolozana, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Felicitas Hoppe. For the little ones children’s authors: Satoshi Kitamura and Adam Stower will also be sharing their love of words.
Venue: The Fugard Theatre and The Book Lounge
Date: 17 – 21 September 2014
Time: 10:00 – 21:00